The IOR maxi Kialoa III last sailed at Antigua Sailing Week in 1979. This year she was back after sailing 8,000 miles to get there


One of the stars at this year’s Antigua Sailing Week was the maxi Kialoa III. The 78-footer was visiting for the first time since winning the regatta in 1979.

This video shows some of the action from racing during the week.

Kialoa III is a Sparkman & Stephens design. She was one of a string of IOR maxis named Kialoa owned by Australian Jim Kilroy that dominated the circuit some 30 years ago.

The boat is best remembered for her line honours victory in the 1975 Sydney Hobart when she broke the race record that stood for 21 years. She was unbeatable in the maxi circuit in the 70s and to get to Antigua Sailing Week has sailed over 8,000 miles.